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  1. A Summary of Philosophy

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated and Edited, with Introduction and Glossary, by Richard J. Regan

    A Summary of Philosophy

    “Those who want to approach [the Summa Theologiae] in English cannot do better than study Regan’s volume. It will provide them with a solid and reliable basis from which to take their studies of Aquinas further. . . . Regan’s translations are always accurate. . . . And, in producing them, he has managed to deliver texts written in elegant, intelligible, and idiomatic English.”
        —Brian Davies, International Philosophical Quarterly

  2. Against the Academicians and The Teacher

    Augustine
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Peter King

    Against the Academicians and The Teacher

    These new translations of two treatises dealing with the possibility and nature of knowledge in the face of skeptical challenges are the first to be rendered from the Latin critical edition, the first to be made specifically with a philosophical audience in mind, and the first to be translated by a scholar with expertise in both modern epistemology and philosophy of language.

  3. Anselm: Basic Writings

    Anselm
    Translated, with Introduction, by Thomas Williams

    Anselm: Basic Writings

    Ranging from his early treatises, the Monologion (a work written to show his monks how to meditate on the divine essence) and the Proslogion (best known for its advancement of the so-called ontological argument for the existence of God), to his three philosophical dialogues on metaphysical topics such as the relationship between freedom and sin, and late treatises on the Incarnation and salvation, this collection of Anselm's essential writings will be a boon to students of the history of philosophy and theology as well as to anyone interested in examining what Anselm calls "the reason of faith."

  4. Apology for Raymond Sebond

    Michel de Montaigne
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Roger Ariew and Marjorie Grene

    Apology for Raymond Sebond

    “Roger Ariew and Marjorie Grene, with the help of Hackett’s modest pricing scheme, have made this challenging, infuriating, ironic and hilarious classic readily available in a faithful and well-presented translation. . . . Scholars will find this volume a fine choice for introducing students to early modern philosophy. . . . This is a welcome publication.”
         —Craig Walton, Philosophy in Review

  5. Aquinas: Basic Works

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited by Jeffrey Hause and Robert Pasnau

    Aquinas: Basic Works

    Drawn from a wide range of writings and featuring state-of-the-art translations, Basic Works offers convenient access to Thomas Aquinas' most important discussions of nature, being and essence, divine and human nature, and ethics and human action. The translations all capture Aquinas's sharp, transparent style and display terminological consistency. Many were originally published in the acclaimed translation-cum-commentary series The Hackett Aquinas, edited by Robert Pasnau and Jeffrey Hause. Others appear here for the first time: Eleonore Stump and Stephen Chanderbahn’s translation of On the Principles of Nature, Peter King’s translation of On Being and Essence, and Thomas Williams’ translations of the treatises On Happiness and On Human Acts from the Summa theologiae.

  6. Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, 2 Volume Set

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited and Annotated, with Introduction, by Anton C. Pegis

    Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, 2 Volume Set

    Includes the whole of the First Part of the Summa Theologica and substantial selections from the Second Part and the Summa Contra Gentiles. Pegis’s revision and correction of the English Dominican Translation renders Aquinas’ technical terminology consistently as it conveys the directness and simplicity of Aquinas’ writing; the Introduction, notes, and index aim at giving the text its proper historical setting, and the reader the means of studying St. Thomas within that setting.

  7. Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume 1 of 2

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited and Annotated, with Introduction, by Anton C. Pegis

    Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume 1 of 2

    Includes the whole of the First Part of the Summa Theologica. Pegis’s revision and correction of the English Dominican Translation renders Aquinas’ technical terminology consistently as it conveys the directness and simplicity of Aquinas’ writing; the Introduction, notes, and index aim at giving the text its proper historical setting, and the reader the means of studying St. Thomas within that setting.

  8. Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume 2 of 2

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited and Annotated, with Introduction, by Anton C. Pegis

    Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume 2 of 2

    Includes substantial selections from the Second Part of the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles. Pegis’s revision and correction of the English Dominican Translation renders Aquinas’ technical terminology consistently as it conveys the directness and simplicity of Aquinas’ writing; the Introduction, notes, and index aim at giving the text its proper historical setting, and the reader the means of studying St. Thomas within that setting.

  9. Byzantine Philosophy

    Basil Tatakis
    Translated, with Introduction, and Notes, by Nicholas Moutafakis

    Byzantine Philosophy

    “The translation of Tatakis’ 1949 book is a welcome contribution to the field as it offers a remarkable overview of Byzantine philosophy for specialists and students alike. . . . Moutafakis has performed a great service to the English-speaking academic world not only with his very readable translation of what is standard reading material in many universities in Europe but also with the useful list (at the end of the book) of contributions to the field made after the original French edition.”
         —Yannis Papadoyannakis, Religious Studies Review

  10. Classical Arabic Philosophy

    Translated with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by Jon McGinnis & David C. Reisman

    Classical Arabic Philosophy

    "This book will make a major impact on the study, and especially the teaching, of Arabic philosophy.  A major difficulty with this field has been the lack of any adequate textbook of sources. . . . Reisman and McGinnis not only provide here a rich selection of texts that could be the basis for even a full-year course on Arabic thought, but also manage to translate several important works for the first time; they also include some standards that would probably be missed were they not here.  It will no doubt become the standard anthology used in courses on Arabic philosophy, and I will use it this way myself.  The team of McGinnis and Reisman is an ideal one. . . All in all, this project is to be greeted with immense enthusiasm."
         —Peter Adamson, King's College London

  11. Commentary on Aristotle's Politics

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with a Preface, by Richard J. Regan

    Commentary on Aristotle's Politics

    Offering the first complete translation into modern English of Aquinas’ unfinished commentary on Aristotle’s Politics, this translation follows the definitive Leonine text of Aquinas and reproduces in English those passages of William of Moerbeke’s exacting yet elliptical translation of the Politics from which Aquinas worked.  Bekker numbers have been added to passages from the Politics for easy reference. Students of the history of political thought will welcome this study of a great classic, a commentary by a student of Aristotle who is also a great political theorist in his own right.

  12. Confessions (Second Edition)

    Augustine
    Translated by F. J. Sheed
    Introduction by Peter Brown, Notes by Michael Foley

    Confessions (Second Edition)

    “This translation is already a classic. It is the translation that has guided three generations of students and readers into a renewed appreciation of the beauty and urgency of a masterpiece of Christian autobiography. This is largely because the translator has caught not only the meaning of Augustine’s Confessions, but a large measure of its poetry.  It makes the Latin sing in English as it did when it came from the pen of Augustine, some sixteen hundred years ago. Deeply rooted in the tradition of which Augustine was himself a principal founder, this translation is not only modern: it is a faithful echo, in a language that has carried throughout the ages, of its author’s original passion and disquiet.”
         —Peter Brown

  13. Consolation of Philosophy

    Boethius
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Joel C. Relihan

    Consolation of Philosophy

    "Entirely faithful to Boethius' Latin; Relihan's translation makes the philosophy of the Consolation intelligible to readers; it gives equal weight to the poetry—in fact, Relihan's metrical translation of Boethius' metra are themselves contributions of the first moment to Boethian studies. Boethius finally has a translator equal to his prodigious talents and his manifold vision."
         —Joseph Pucci, Brown University

  14. Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

    Étienne de La Boétie
    Translated by James B. Atkinson & David Sices
    Introduction and Notes by James B. Atkinson

    Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

    "An excellent translation: clear, crisp and accurate. The introduction is also a helpful contextualization of the text, Boétie's relation to Montaigne, and a brief discussion of the history of this important text on non-cooperation in the 20th-Century. I highly recommend it for courses in the history of political theory and of non-cooperation as a means of regime change."
         —James Tully, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

  15. Disputed Questions on Virtue

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated by Jeffrey Hause and Claudia Eisen Murphy
    Introduction and Commentary by Jeffrey Hause

    Disputed Questions on Virtue

    "Hause and Murphy are to be congratulated. [Their volume's] strong points are numerous and important. The translation is clear and faithful. A real advantage is using the as yet unpublished Leonine text, which is significantly superior to the Marietti edition. The translators retain the disputed question format. And the whole series is translated. Hause offers an extend commentary which is solid and helpful for beginning readers. . . . Even for Aquinas, who semper loquitur formalissime, first rate translations are hard to come by; and we have one here. . . . A gem."
         —R. E. Houser, University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    John Duns Scotus
    Translated by Allan B. Wolter

    Duns Scotus: Philosophical Writings

    The philosophical writings of Duns Scotus, one of the most influential philosophers of the Later Middle Ages, are here presented in a volume that presents the original Latin with facing page English translation.

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    Peter Abelard
    Translated by Paul V. Spade
    Introduction by Marilyn McCord Adams

    Ethical Writings

    “This volume is excellent. The introduction presents the readings in a clear manner, one that is direct and comprehensible. Similarly, the translation is highly readable. The notes are helpful without being intrusive. In short, this is a volume I have enjoyed using with graduate students and will certainly plan to use with undergraduates.”
         —Charles E. Butterworth, University of Maryland at College Park

  18. Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals

    Translated and Edited by Paul V. Spade

    Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals

    “The translations are exceptionally sound philosophically, and they are as readable as is consistent with linguistic accuracy and fidelity to content.”
         —Mathematical Reviews

  19. Monologion and Proslogion

    Anselm
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Thomas Williams

    Monologion and Proslogion

    "Williams's translations are scrupulously faithful and accurate without being slavishly literal, and yet are lively and graceful."
         —Paul Vincent Spade, Indiana University

  20. Montaigne: Selected Essays

    Michel de Montaigne
    Translated by James B. Atkinson and David Sices
    Introduction and Notes by James B. Atkinson

    Montaigne: Selected Essays

    "A superb achievement, one that successfully brings together in accessible form the work of two major writers of Renaissance France. This is now the default version of Montaigne in English."
         —Timothy Hampton, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

  21. Ockham: Philosophical Writings

    William of Ockham
    Translated and Edited by Philotheus Boehner O.F.M.
    Revised by Stephen F. Brown

    Ockham: Philosophical Writings

    This volume contains selections of Ockham’s philosophical writings which give a balanced introductory view of his work in logic, metaphysics, and ethics. This edition includes textual markings referring readers to appendices containing changes in the Latin text and alterations found in the English translation that have been made necessary by the critical edition of Ockham’s work published after Boehner prepared the original text. The updated bibliography includes the most important scholarship produced since publication of the original edition.

  22. On Faith and Reason

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Stephen F. Brown

    On Faith and Reason

    "Stephen Brown of Boston College has done an extremely useful service in providing this anthology of appropriate readings on Aquinas and his views on ‘faith and reason.’ The selections are intelligently chosen; the introduction to the book is excellent, especially the section locating Aquinas over against Augustine."
         —Ian Markham, Theological Book Review

  23. On Free Choice of the Will

    Augustine
    Translated, with Introduction, by Thomas Williams

    On Free Choice of the Will

    "Over the years that I've been teaching—nearly 44 at this point—I've come to rely on Hackett for editions of classical texts that are well done and affordable. For example, I greatly appreciate C.D.C. Reeve's the Republic, and I've used it as a text in my ancient and medieval philosophy class. The copy I just received of Augustine's On the Free Choice of the Will, translated and annotated by Thomas Williams, continues the Hackett tradition of affordable excellence."
         —Frank Fair, Sam Houston State University

  24. On Human Nature

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Thomas S. Hibbs

    On Human Nature

    “The substantial Introduction and the selection have been done . . . extremely well. The Introduction makes illuminating connections between the thought of Aquinas and Descartes. . . . The book’s usefulness is enhanced by the bibliography.”
          —Ian Markham, Theological Book Review

  25. On Law, Morality, and Politics (Second Edition)

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited by William P. Baumgarth and Richard J. Regan, S. J.

    On Law, Morality, and Politics (Second Edition)

    The second edition of Aquinas, On Law, Morality, and Politics retains the selection of texts presented in the first edition but offers them in new translations by Richard J. Regan—including that of his Aquinas, Treatise on Law (Hackett, 2000). A revised Introduction and glossary, an updated select bibliography, and the inclusion of summarizing headnotes for each of the units—Conscience, Law, Justice, Property, War and Killing, Obedience and Rebellion, and Practical Wisdom and Statecraft—further enhance its usefulness.

  26. On the Dignity of Man

    Pico Della Mirandola
    Translations by Charles Glenn Wallis, Paul J. W. Miller, and Douglas Carmichael
    Introduction by Paul J. W. Miller

    On the Dignity of Man

    Reflecting the broad range of interests of a major Renaissance philosopher and his distinctive brand of syncretism, this anthology offers in their entirety three central works of Pico’s. On the Dignity of Man, the quintessential expression of Renaissance humanism, appears in the context of two lesser known but equally representative mature works: On Being and the One, a treatise defending what Pico held to be the agreement between Aristotle and Plato on the relation between unity and being, and Heptaplus, an interpretation, influenced by a blend of cabalism and Christian doctrine, of the first verses of Genesis. New Selected Bibliography.

  27. On the Inner Life of the Mind

    Augustine
    Edited, with commentary, by Robert Meagher

    On the Inner Life of the Mind

    Both an anthology of Augustine’s writings and a commentary on them, this work features substantial selections from On the Trinity, Confessions, The City of God, and On Freedom of the Will, as well as selections from lesser known works—all brilliantly knit together and illuminated by philosopher Robert Meagher.

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    Edited, with Introduction, by Arthur Hyman, James J. Walsh, & Thomas Williams

    Philosophy in the Middle Ages (Third Edition)

    The third edition builds on the strengths of the second by preserving its essential shape while adding several important new texts—including works by Augustine, Boethius, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Anselm, al-Fārābī, al-Ghazālī, Ibn Rushd, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, and John Duns Scotus—and featuring new translations of many others. The volume has also been redesigned and its bibliographies updated with the needs of a new generation of students in mind.

  29. Predestination, God's Foreknowledge, And Future Contingents (Second Edition)
  30. Proslogion

    Anselm
    Translated, with Introduction, by Thomas Williams

    Proslogion

    "Williams' translation is scrupulously faithful and accurate without being slavishly literal, and yet is lively and graceful to both the eye and the ear."     
         —Paul Vincent Spade, Indiana University

  31. The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs

    Saadya Gaon
    Translated by Alexander Altmann, Edited, with Introduction, by Daniel Frank

    The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs

    “Daniel Frank’s Introduction is excellent, not just for the undergraduate reader, but, indeed, for any reader, specialist or layperson. It manages to find just the right combination of philosophy and history; it sends the reader to the right places for further reading; its judgments are quite sound. And the reissue of the Altmann translation is a wonderful idea.”
         —Charles Manekin, University of Maryland

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  33. The Guide of the Perplexed

    Moses Maimonides
    Translated from the Arabic by Chaim Rabin
    Abridged, with Introduction and Commentary, by Julius Guttmann, New Introduction & Bibliography by Daniel H. Frank

    The Guide of the Perplexed

    “The reissue of Guttmann’s edition of Rabin’s translation is a welcome event. There has long been a need for a readable, judicious edition, for classroom use, of this large and complex work.”
         —Michael L. Morgan, Indiana University

  34. The Journey of the Mind to God

    Bonaventure
    Translated by Philotheus Boehner, O.F.M.
    Edited, with Introduction, by Stephen F. Brown

    The Journey of the Mind to God

    The Hackett edition of this classic of medieval philosophy and mysticism—a plan of pilgrimage for the learned Franciscan wishing to reach the apex of the mystical experience—combines the highly regarded Boehner translation with a new introduction by Stephen Brown focusing on St. Francis as a model of the contemplative life, the meaning of the Itinerarium, its place in Bonaventure’s mystical theology, and the plan of the work. Boehner’s Latin Notes, as well as Latin texts from other works of Bonaventure included in the Franciscan Institute Edition, are rendered here in English, making this the edition of choice for the beginning student.

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    Abelard & Heloise
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by William Levitan
    Selected Songs and Poems Translated by Stanley Lombardo and by Barbara Thorburn

    The Letters and Other Writings

    The most comprehensive compilation of the works of Abelard and Heloise ever presented in a single volume in English, The Letters and Other Writings features an accurate and stylistically faithful new translation of both The Calamities of Peter Abelard and the remarkable letters it sparked between the ill-fated twelfth-century philosopher and his brilliant former student and lover—an exchange whose intellectual passion, formal virtuosity, and psychological drama distinguish it as one of the most extraordinary correspondences in European history. Thanks to this edition, Latin-less readers will be better placed than ever to see why this undisputed milestone in the intellectual life of medieval France is also a masterpiece of Western literature.

  36. The Treatise on Happiness • The Treatise on Human Acts

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated and Introduced by Thomas Williams; Commentary by Christina Van Dyke and Thomas Williams

    The Treatise on Happiness • The Treatise on Human Acts

    The fifth volume of The Hackett Aquinas, a series of central philosophical treatises of Aquinas in new, state-of-the-art translations accompanied by a thorough commentary on the text.

  37. The Treatise on Human Nature

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with Introduction, Notes, and Commentary by Robert Pasnau

    The Treatise on Human Nature

    “Pasnau’s fine translation renders Aquinas’ Latin into contemporary English prose that avoids, as much as possible, scholastic as well as contemporary jargon. The translation is precise, but technical only when it has to be, and should give readers a very good sense for what Aquinas was trying to accomplish. The commentary will be exceptionally useful to readers at all levels. Those unfamiliar with Aquinas will find helpful introductions and guides, while even scholars will find useful hints and convincing corrections of time-honored mistakes.”
         —Jeffrey Hause, Creighton University

  38. The Treatise on the Divine Nature

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with Commentary, by Brian J. Shanley, O.P.
    Introduction by Robert Pasnau

    The Treatise on the Divine Nature

    "Fr Shanley's translation is clear, idiomatic, and accurate.  A particular virtue of the translation is that it frequently indicates along the way which Latin terms are being rendered into English as Fr Shanley renders them. This kind of flagging will help readers to get a better sense of what Aquinas is saying than they might otherwise do. . . . [The] commentary is lucid, well informed, clearly written, and, given its word count, very comprehensive. Fr Shanley homes in on just what one would look for in a volume like the present. Hence we find him explaining Aquinas's technical terms and showing how bits of Summa Theologiae I, 1-13 connect with each other.  He also relates Aquinas to previous and contemporary thinkers with whom Aquinas is engaging. The end product is something that can be warmly recommended to anyone looking for what Fr Shanley has tried to provide."
         –Brian Davies, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

  39. Three Philosophical Dialogues

    Anselm
    Translated, with Introduction, and Notes, by Thomas Williams

    Three Philosophical Dialogues

    "An excellent job. Williams's translation remains faithful to the Latin text while simultaneously proving clear and readable. I'm confident that both the introduction and the translation itself will motivate further study."   
         —Christina Van Dyke, Calvin College

  40. Treatise on Law

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with Introduction, by Richard J. Regan

    Treatise on Law

    “A convenient one-volume translation of the essential texts from the Summa Theologiae on law. Regan’s translation is careful, idiomatic, and reliable. With its good Introduction and explanatory notes, this volume should prove to be a popular one among teachers and students of politics and ethics, not to mention those working in medieval philosophy.”
        —Brian Davies, author of The Thought of Thomas Aquinas, Oxford, 1992

  41. Truth, Set of 3 Volumes

    Thomas Aquinas

    Truth, Set of 3 Volumes

    The Quaestiones Disputatae de Veritate constitutes Aquinas's most extended treatment of any single topic. Volume I (questions 1-9) discusses the nature of truth and divine and angelic intellects. Volume II (questions 10-20) deals with truth and human intellect. Volume III (questions 21-29) investigates the operation of the will.

  42. Utopia

    Thomas More
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by David Wootton

    Utopia

    “In addition to its elegant and precise translation of Utopia, this edition offers the prefatory material and postscripts from the 1518 edition, and More’s letter to Giles form the 1517 edition. Mr. Wootton has also added Erasmus’s ‘The Sileni of Alcibiades,’ which is crucial for the interpretation he gives in his Introduction of the many ambiguities and contradictions in More’s text as well as his life. The Introduction is a most valuable guide for understanding this man who was a proponent of toleration and a persecutor of heretics, a courtier full of worldly ambition ending as a fearless martyr. The contradictions of the man translated into a complicated and contradictory historiography to which Mr. Wootton’s Introduction is a most intelligent guide. A welcome addition to the More literature.”
         —J. W. Smit, Professor of History, Columbia University

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    C. D. C. Reeve

    Women in the Academy

    "These compelling dialogues invite and inspire readers to engage in a reflective journey of discovery focusing on several key philosophical themes. They provide a unique and valuable resource ideal for an introduction to philosophy and to feminist theory."
         —Robin Wang, Loyola Marymount University

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